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'Ed Show' tonight: Mon., Jan. 9, 2012

The wait is almost for the first in the nation presidential primary.

The wait is almost for the first in the nation presidential primary.  

The voting in New Hampshire begins just after midnight Tuesday in Dixville Notch and Hart's Location (the rest of the state starts voting as early as 6 a.m.).

Mitt Romney has lost some ground in the polls, but still looks strong heading into the vote.

However, his "I like being able to fire people" gaffe from today is making the rounds and could make a difference in the vote, if not in New Hampshire tomorrow, then down the road.

Ed welcomes Donnie Box, a steelworker and Army veteran who lost his job at Kansas City’s GST after Bain Capital (Romney’s former company) took over, and Julie Kushner, Director of the United Auto Workers Region 9A.

While Romney leads in New Hampshire, South Carolina and Florida, is he a lock for the nomination?   Ed will ask Bill Burton, former White House Deputy Press Secretary under President Obama, and E.J. Dionne, a Senior Fellow at The Brookings Institution and Washington Post columnist.

Ed was up in Manchester, New Hampshire, for the GOP presidential debate Saturday night and had a chance to talk to some of the state's progressives.  Hear what they have to say about the GOP field and then get analysis from John Nichols, Washington Correspondent of The Nation, and Jennifer Donahue, Fellow at the Eisenhower Institute at Gettysburg College and Contributor to the Huffington Post.

Newt Gingrich is confronted by an African-American about his comments linking African-Americans and food stamps.  Dr. James Peterson, Director of Africana Studies and Associate Professor of English at Lehigh University, will weigh in.  

Rick Perry falls into our "Psycho Talk" segment for something he said during Saturday night's debate.

And a New York Times op-ed makes the case for putting Hillary Clinton on the 2012 Democratic ticket.  Could it really happen?  Ed will ask Jonathan Alter, msnbc Political Analyst and Bloomberg View Columnist, and Joan Walsh, Salon’s Editor at Large.

It's going to be another packed @EdShow at 8pET on @msnbctv.

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